Gestational Diabetes

by Chan Ly, Commerical Interior Designer, Brays Creek, NSW

Throughout my adult life I had always considered myself as being healthy. I thought I was looking after myself by eating healthy food. I never smoked, drank alcohol, coffee or took any drugs. I felt my body was in good shape and I had always been petite and I would often over eat at meal times because I wouldn’t put on extra weight. The first time I ever had to go into hospital was to give birth to my beautiful son when I was 25. My entire pregnancy was amazing; I felt a little bit of morning sickness during the first trimester only, and labour was natural and fairly quick.

I had my second pregnancy 3 years later. I went through a very different experience. I had suffered from severe morning sickness throughout the first trimester. I was mostly dehydrated and I constantly ate to try to get rid of the nausea. I was working full time and living on a boat with my partner and son. I struggled through the first 3 months and felt so much better when the morning sickness subsided. During the second trimester, I was feeling more tired than usual and I went to all the regular check-ups at the hospital. It was a standard procedure at 26 weeks of pregnancy to do a glucose test to check for diabetes. When the results came back, I got a call from the nurse while I was at work to tell me that I was just slightly over the borderline of being classified as having gestational diabetes. I didn’t quite understand what this all meant at the time, how it all worked and what I was going to enter into. I just remember getting off the phone and crying. I cried, not because I was afraid of having gestational diabetes, but because I was disappointed and felt extremely sad that my body wasn’t coping with the pregnancy. I thought I was healthy and well, but now my body was telling me something different. I was under the illusion that I was very healthy because I had never experienced any illness or disease, until now.

The gestational diabetes explained why I was feeling so exhausted, I didn’t have any energy at all. Washing up dishes at the sink was a major task, I had to lay down 2 or 3 times before I could complete the task. Simple daily chores became an effort and I was constantly exhausted. I thought this was just part of being pregnant, but I knew something was not right, and the test confirmed this. The nutritionist and doctors tried me on a strict diet and exercise to regulate my glucose levels. I was given a kit to do blood tests 6 times a day, a blood test before and after each meal, which meant I had to prick my fingers and extract blood into a device that did the reading for sugar levels in my blood system. The diet and exercise didn’t control my glucose levels, even though I actually lost weight during this trial, so the doctors started me on a very small dose of insulin. I was told to eat more and I was shown how to use the insulin pen and how to inject it into my system 3 times a day. I thought to myself, ‘lucky I am not afraid of needles’, I felt like a pin cushion.

After accepting that I had gestational diabetes I wanted to find out why. I did some research on the internet and asked my doctor why I had gestational diabetes, when I didn’t fit into the list of likely reasons for developing it. He simply replied: “It is your change of diet”. I knew exactly what he meant.

I grew up eating traditional Chinese meals that were gluten free, dairy free and very low in sugar and salt. When I moved to England at the age of 7, I was introduced to dairy, gluten, sugar and caffeinated tea. Slowly my diet had changed and I started eating food that I thought was healthy but was in fact making my body, heavy, dull and overloaded. I felt it in my body every time I ate food that wasn’t supportive, but I would override it because it was advertised as being healthy and I became addicted. For many years I had thought about giving up dairy, cakes and the occasional junk food because I often felt terrible after eating it, but I made excuses and justified eating this way. I felt it was going to be impossible to give up my addiction to gluten, dairy and sugar. I felt I was doing really well by not abusing my body with drugs, alcohol or smoking. I had this idea that I was healthy and I was looking after myself because I wasn’t over doing it with junk food.

The message my body was giving me with developing gestational diabetes did not lead me to change my diet by cutting out gluten, dairy and sugar. I continued eating the same diet for another 6 years with this nagging feeling that I needed to change it but I felt I couldn’t, the change seemed impossible. I was also aware that my chances of developing type 2 diabetes were now 25% higher than previously. I thought: “I’ll take my chances” and continued to live the same way.

I was introduced to Universal Medicine 4 or so years after my pregnancy. I started to attend Serge Benhayon’s presentations and workshops. Everything I was presented resonated for me as truth and love. I started having Esoteric Healing sessions from various practitioners and felt amazing every time. I started to feel lighter, more connected, gentle and tender. I was inspired to start taking care of myself, to be gentle, loving and nurturing. I started to learn about true health and vitality. I saw this in people I met at Universal Medicine and I became extremely inspired.

On New Year’s Day 2013, I decided to try something for myself, I wanted to see how my body felt by cutting out gluten, dairy, caffeine and refined sugar. I was very curious as to how I would go and I surprised myself by how amazing I felt after the first month. I felt energised, calmer, lighter and more clarity. I was feeling more myself, with less moodiness and I even started going to bed super early and waking up with vitality and no heaviness. I used to be the last person to get out of bed in the family and now I am the first. Two years ago I would never have dreamt I would be able to function getting up and starting my day at 3 or 4am, let alone feeling alert and energised that time of the morning.

I have learnt that although I didn’t abuse my body with other substances, like drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, I was actually abusing my body with food. I had received clear signs from my body at a very young age that certain food was not supportive and was actually harming, but I was overriding those signs. I had been using food for comfort to numb my hurts and to cover up the sadness I held in my body. I am now making loving choices, to listen to my body, to nurture and care for it. By listening to my body I am constantly readjusting to what it needs to feel lighter, energised and vital. I now see food and lifestyle as my medicine and preventative for developing diabetes later in life. I am not taking any chances; I am taking responsibility for my choices.

I am deeply blessed and grateful to have been introduced to Universal Medicine, Serge Benhayon, his family and other students. They have inspired me to live life in truth and love. I am learning to reconnect to the amazing woman that I am, to express love and truth in everything that I do. To not hold back any more, but to express who I am every day.

 

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1,003 thoughts on “Gestational Diabetes

  1. Just noticing there are many substitutes on the market, we now have whole isles in the supermarket of gluten free products, we have stores dedicated to flavoured vape ‘cigarettes’, and no doubt huge gap in the market for alcohol free spirits, beers and wines. None of these however address the fact that it is not substitution that is needed, but an honest look at what is going on if our collective health is to make a true change.

  2. In many ways this highlights how most of us just accept the exhaustion, aches, pains, tensions, and luster-lacking life we lead as just being normal and part and parcel ‘of life’. This in itself is a great ill to our species as we do not even question whether life in fact could be an entirely different experience

  3. This I feel is where the dieting views and beliefs come into play; many of the foods are low fat, low sugar, low this and that but are still the same foods. The manufacturers are great at marketing something as being healthy by changing the name and confusing the consumer. We as the consumer believe that we are making healthy choices but in fact are still suffering from the same ailments.

  4. There are so many ways we abuse ourselves, our food, thoughts, way we move. There is much to appreciate about our bodies as they are constantly showing us the truth of our choices and how these impact our health.

  5. We have come to a point where illness and disease is high, and on the rise. Why this is and looking at ways to change this paradigm are very needed. Reading this article hints at some very significant issues that we have as a world community. Knowing a way we are living is not supportive of our body, but ignoring this knowing is by far high on the list. It is not that we ignore that is the issue, but what lies behind this choice is what each of us needs to explore if we want to support our body to be more healthy and vital.

  6. Considering ourselves as healthy just because we have not smoked, drank alcohol, done drugs shows just how far we have come from living with true vitality, even though it is awesome to have not partaken in these harmful pursuits. We now have many people on the planet that feel they are healthy just because they don’t have cancer or heart disease, for instance. One day we will only consider ourselves as having real wellbeing when we are living with harmony, joy, love, and stillness in all of our daily activities, as we are designed to.

    1. “One day we will only consider ourselves as having real wellbeing when we are living with harmony, joy, love, and stillness in all of our daily activities, as we are designed to.” So true Michael. There is a general lack of understanding in the world today of what true health really is.

  7. It is easy to override what our body is telling us about food, because food dulls our awareness, what I found was eventually certain foods no longer felt right, I actually started to get more physical signs like mouth ulcers, or stomach cramps, which made me realise that my body was trying to tell me something, that it didn’t like the food I was eating, I came to realise that not all food that tastes good is good for you and so I began to listen to what my body needed.

  8. I feel it is worthwhile getting a comprehensive check up from the doctor every year and occasionally more comprehensive blood and urine tests to check what’s going on with our health as we can think we are doing ok, when in truth our body is deteriorating on the inside.

  9. We can say to ourselves that our body is not coping, in your case with pregnancy and be sad and disappointed but it is always a clear message that our body is giving us and when we start to listen we know the body delivers us truth and will not stop until we act on what it is communicating.

  10. We can abuse ourselves in so many different ways. Alcohol and drugs are obvious but having no regard for oneself is equally or in my opinion more abusive to the body than any substance yet this way of being is not accepted in society as abuse that we carry out towards ourselves in every moment every single day which we choose to be totally ignorant and oblivious to.

  11. There are so many things we can buy to counter exhaustion, I don’t think we have any idea how exhausted we really are. Very interesting what you say about changing diet. Food seems to have earned a cultural status and in its progression it has merged and fused with all kinds of things from everywhere and now everything seems to contain too much sugar/salt as enhancement. We are eating decidedly more both in volume and variation, but not necessarily eating better.

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